Myra J. Powell

Myra J. Powell

President/CEO

Myra J. Powell, MSW, ACSW, has over 25 years of practice experience, twenty with a local department of social services in both adult and child welfare direct service delivery, case management, supervision, division management, and administration. She worked for 5 years in university social work academia, conducting public welfare-related training and research, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate programs. She founded Vanguard Professional Staffing in 1999.

Debbie Price Longo

Debbie Price Longo

Senior Area Manager, Placement Team

Debbie P. Longo, BSW, ACBSW is a Senior Placement Manager. She worked for a county social services for over 24 years as a social worker, supervisor, Child Welfare Program Manager. She has been a trainer and educator since 1998, and trained social workers in child protection for the State of North Carolina. She worked in protective services with abused children, adopted children, and foster children and their families, as well as family planning, domestic violence, rape and incest counseling. She is a certified MAPPS/GPS trainer. She has managed staffing in multiple states and urban and rural settings.

Susan D. Parker

Susan D. Parker

Area Manager, Placement Team

Susan D. Parker, BSW, brings years of experience in direct social work practice, supervision, management. She also has expertise in federal grant writing, grant management, and grant reporting, as well as in employment programs administration.

Sharon J. Bartholomew

Sharon J. Bartholomew

Administrative Assistant

Sharon J. Bartholomew has years of administrative experience in private business and public health. Her primary role is the communication with, and validation of, candidates who apply with Vanguard.

Sarah Peede

Sarah Peede

Administrative Assistant, Business Office

Sarah Peede, BA in Business Applications, brings management training and communications skills to her role as Business Office Administrative Assistant. Her knowledge of Microsoft Office applications benefits the technical flow in the corporate office and the virtual side of the company, as well as organizational and communication skills in customer service and document preparation.

Tara Weller

Tara Weller

Administrative Assistant, Placement Team

Tara Weller became our full-time recruiter in May 2018, after three years as an administrative assistant to both our business office and placement team. Prior to that, she spent eleven years in the educational field. Her time management, organizational, and communication skills aid in identifying and screening qualified candidates and assisting job seekers with the application process as their first point of contact.